TUM DesignBuild / Architectural Design and Timber Construction

Technical University of Munich

Arcisstr. 21
80333 Munich

Academic Organisation
established 2006


TUM DesignBuild offers  Architecture Students with their realstudio classes the opportunity todesign, plan and realise socially involved projects while gathering practical experience. To date, most of the projects have taken place in Africa due to the high demand for education, child care and medical facilities. Students from Germany were able to come together with local trades and craftsmen in developing nations, to quickly realize the planned buildings under the guidance of experienced Architects. The transfer of knowledge and experience between locals and students in both ways, as well as an architecturally sophisticated construction contribute to well rounded projects.

TUM DesignBuild evolved out of the Design Build Projects at the chair of Architectural Design and Timber Construction. The Chair of Architectural Design and Timber Construction has completed projects within a Development Aid framework since 2006. Students design, plan and implement projects over the course of one year under the supervision of the Chair‘s Team. High architectural standards, the recognition and development of indigenous construction methods and the use of biological sustainable buildingmaterials are just as much a part of our ethos as our close co-operation with our partner NGOs and the local population.


Kindergarten Raithby

South Africa

Function Care / Education
Project Status: Completed / Usage Phase
Year of Completion: 2015
Scale of project: M - Medium
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South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya, Sambia, Tansania, Germany, Sri Lanka

Academic Levels
  • B.A.
  • M. A.
  • Diploma

Registered Members
Prof. Hermann Kaufmann Architect
Construction Methods/Techniques
Other Material
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